Alpine Moms Run to Help Build Education Programs

Alpine Moms Run to Help Build Education Programs

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A group of 10 mothers from Alpine are using Monday's Boston Marathon as a fund-raising event for their local middle school.

The women, who logged more than 5,000 training miles to prepare for the 25-mile race, have asked sponsors to donate $10 for every mile they complete in the marathon.

The money will be used to begin a character education program at Timberline Middle School, said Kim Christensen, the mother and runner who organized the effort.

"It's so important that they're taught the principles of character at those ages," Christensen said. "In the hallways of their schools they decide which line they stand on."

The women are accepting donations through the start of the Boston Marathon at noon EDT Monday.

Over the course of the daily 20-mile training runs, the women have become an important support network for each other, runner and mother Kelli Chynoweth said.

As they run they talk about family problems and give each other advice.

"We don't run faster than we can talk," Christensen said. "It's all about the talk."

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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